In May we became aware that a historic house in Brighton, located at 38 Grosvenor Street, was under threat, with a permit application before Bayside Council (P5/2019/43) proposing the complete demolition of the house to be replaced with a pair of modern townhouses. In response, we prepared an objection requesting that Council refuse the planning permit and move to immediately apply an Interim Heritage Overlay. In our submission we outlined that the house is clearly of high local significance, enough to warrant an individual Heritage Overlay. Built in 1929-30, the house is an unusual example of the Old English style, one that is not well represented in places already covered by the Heritage Overlay. We believe the house has added significance in that it was designed by the female owner-builder Esme Johnson, and featured on the front cover of the Australian Home Beautiful in February 1931 (see below).
Heritage Victoria has also recently accepted a nomination for the place to be included on the Victorian Heritage Register. We now await the recommendation of the Executive Director on whether it reaches the threshold for inclusion in the Register.
To read our objection letter in full, click here.
To read more via Domain, click here.
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